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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
This is a tip that you will use when you first launch or first start using a new upgrade, a new version, so in this case InDesign CS4. What we are looking at here is the default interface when you first launch the product. At first glance, if you have been using a previous version, say CS3 or CS2 or something like that, you may not know at first glance what's actually new about the product. So one thing that Adobe has done with several of the products and Photoshop has this ability, Illustrator has it as well, and of course InDesign as well, they have this new workspace feature called What's New in CS4 or CS3 or whatever version you are using.
You can access this workspace in the Workspace Switcher that's available on the Application bar here. Right now we are in the Essentials workspace, the default. It's also available, if you don't have the App bar turned on, under the Window menu > Workspace, and you can see it listed here, What's New. If I choose it from the App bar Switcher and choose What's New. What that does is that reconfigures your workspace to highlight what has been added or modified in the current version. So from a palette perspective, all the new panels are listed here on the right, where you can actually see their label.
The panels that are not new are in their Icon Mode, where you don't actually see the label. This panel set is docked at the edge of the screen. These panels are actually floating. The reason they did that is to show you they have resolved an issue, that InDesign used to be able to have more than one stashed panel, at the time they were called stashed panels, open at a time. So they would be collapsed to these tabs on the side of the screen, then you could open up more than one of them. If I open up the Pages panel, but then go back down here and say open up the Paragraph Styles, you will see that the Pages panel closes behind me.
So in this mode only one panel can be open at any given time. If you float a panel or a panel group, each group can have one panel open. So this is a workaround. If you really want to have the flexibility of having the stashed panels just collapsed down to their icons, but have more than one panel open at a time, just separate them into two groups. Okay. So that's what's going on there. The other benefit of the What's New workspace is that any menu command that has been added or modified gets highlighted in blue. This just makes it really easy to go find out what's been added.
Oh, under the View menu, I have a new Rotate Spread command that wasn't there in the previous version, and so forth. So it just helps you find out that there is some new stuff in the release and makes it real easy to discover that and start using it, hopefully.
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